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A new canon theologian has been appointed at Lichfield Cathedral.
The Revd Dr Sharon Prentis – who is currently Dean of Black and Minority Ethnic Affairs for the Church of England in Birmingham – will be installed in the honorary role on 22nd November.
She will be installed at the same time as five prebendaries are appointed in recognition of their ministries within the Diocese of Lichfield.
“I am delighted to be appointed to this role, and look forward to working with others to develop an understanding of how the church can flourish as an intercultural, intergenerational and inclusive community in Christ that embraces everyone.”The Revd Dr Sharon Prentis
Sharon has been a theological educator and edited the 2019 book Every Tribe which highlighted the global stories of saints and holy people.
The Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, said:
“At a time when racial unrest and injustice is firmly in the spotlight, I am convinced now more than ever that we need to emphasise the theological foundations of our commitment to full participation and justice.
“I believe that without this anything we do will be superficial.
“I am delighted, to appoint a canon theologian to Lichfield Cathedral who could help us focus on this dimension.
“The post will include occasional preaching and speaking at educational events.
“Most important, though, will be the sense that we have the theologian’s support, prayers and wisdom in addressing the challenges we face.”The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Lichfield